Congratulations are in order!
During the 2013-2014 fiscal year, GMT Constitutional Area Leader PIP Jim Ervin challenged his multiple districts in the United States to charter a new club in each district. LCI is proud to announce that the following multiple districts achieved his challenge:
PIP Ervin would like to acknowledge that this achievement would not have been possible without each Lions dedication, passion, vision, and most importantly team work! He will be meeting and congratulating the winners at the USA Canada Forum in September.
Many clubs were chartered through the assistance of the New Club Development Workshop Program and the dedicated consultants involved. Request your New Club Development Workshop today – it’s free!
Congratulations and best wishes for another successful year of strengthening the pride.
Today’s guest post is by Lion Vimla Ramkumar, Club Treasurer of the Lions Club of Lobatse in Botswana. Sight projects such as the one he shares below count toward the #LIONS100 Centennial Service Challenge goal of serving 100 million people by December 2017. Learn more about how to participate in the challenge at lionsclubs.org/servicechallenge, and be sure to follow the Lions Club of Lobatse on Facebook!
We the members of the Lions Club of Lobatse continuously carry out sight screenings in and around the schools in Lobatse and even further — to a distance of about 40 kms. Last November, Lions did visual acuity tests for approximately 380 students at Chichi Community Junior Secondary School in Molapowabojang village. About 34 students needed prescription eyeglasses. The club has earmarked funds from the activity account for procuring eyeglasses for the students in schools.
We work in conjunction with Operation Brightsight, a Lions eyeglass recycling center in South Africa. We send them scripts and they prepare the glasses as per the script. One of the members makes the 500 km trip to Johannesburg, South Africa when the glasses are ready, and they are then distributed to the beneficiaries. Not an easy task, as sometimes Customs authorities at the borders cannot believe what we do!
This distribution of eyeglasses to students was SPECIAL. Children generally are not aware that there is a problem with eyesight and therefore may perform poorly in class. With this in mind and wanting to make a difference in the lives of these students, a right moment came by when we heard the Minister was going to address the people in the very same village. With a little pressure and pleas put on the Personal Secretary we were granted 20 minutes of the Minister’s time.
Aha but that was not to be…… Given a chance, Lions will promote Lionism at any cost, and the distribution took all of 60 minutes of the time. Was the Minister unhappy? No. Not only was he telling the pupils how special spectacles are and how they must take care of the glasses, but was now praising the Lions Club of Lobatse for this noble gesture.
In the end, the Minister and his entourage were happy, and most of all the children were now seen trying to read the car registration numbers in the distance……. What a satisfying project it has been!!! We served children in need and also helped with sight. Killed two birds with one stone….
Lions out there…. wasn’t that a wonderful idea of International President Joe Preston take note of clubs in Africa who are trying hard to fulfill the “WE SERVE” mandate and the Centennial Service Challenge.
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The Lions Club of Kota Bharu in Malaysia saw a need in their community — children with certain disabilities were not receiving the special attention and early intervention they needed. In 1997, the Lions established a Down Syndrome Center, where teachers taught language, reading, writing, numbers, fine motor skills and basic life skills to children with Down Syndrome.
Watch the Lions Quarterly segment above to learn more about the center, including parents’ reactions and how it has grown thanks to help from LCIF. You can also view the entire July Lions Quarterly on the Lions News Network.
During the August 2014 Lions Quest Advisory Committee meeting, 22 grants were awarded totaling US$1,216,054. Through these grants, Lions Quest programs will provide students with positive life skills in countries like India, Japan, Madagascar, the United States, Turkey and more.
The SightFirst Advisory Committee also met earlier this month and awarded 26 grants totaling US$8,063,304. As part of the grants awarded, SightFirst will continue working with The Carter Center to control trachoma and river blindness in Ethiopia, Mali, Niger and northern Uganda; provide cataract surgeries in Nepal and Sri Lanka; conduct further blindness prevention research; support a diabetic retinopathy program in the United States and more.
These grants would not be possible without the generosity and compassion of Lions around the world. Thank you for your support! When available, you can view the list of grants awarded online.
Grant application deadlines for the next round of grants are as follows:
Special Olympics and the Lions Clubs of Uganda recently collaborated to implement a health project as a part of the Special Olympics “Mission: Inclusion” platform. The activity took place in a town called Hoima.
Lions leaders drove about three hours to Hoima, joining the local Special Olympics Program to conduct a Family Health Forum. The forum brought together over 100 families from throughout the area to learn about the services offered by Special Olympics Uganda, the Lions Clubs of Uganda and local government. As a sensitization strategy to generate increased public awareness around intellectual disabilities, the local SO Program implemented a march through the town, highlighting the energy that comes from programming and service of this kind.
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